Olivia, 7, rescued both of her brothers from their wrecked car after it crashed.
Olivia, 7, rescued both of her brothers from their wrecked car after it crashed. Contributed

Coast girl, 7, who pulled her family from crash wreckage

BREAKING: The uncle of a seven-year-old girl who rescued her baby brothers after the car they were travelling in rolled twice has hailed her a hero.

Pelican Waters resident Wade Valli said his niece Olivia was "incredibly brave and a dead-set little champion" for her actions when a routine drive from Nambour to Toowoomba to drop off his brother and Olivia's father to work ended badly.

"Having just taken his last week of holiday to stay at home to help his partner Amber as their three kids Olivia, Mason, 3, and Flynn, 2, had all been taking turns at having chicken pox, it came time for James, who works away on a fly-in-fly-out roster, (to go back to work)," he said.

"On the 1st of November he was scheduled to head back to work, and as they live in Nambour, he needs to make his way to Toowoomba, approximately 230km (away), where he is either flown or bussed out to work for two weeks at a time.

"Having only the one car, James either has a work colleague on the same roster give him a lift out, or if there is no one available his partner Amber has to drop him off, which is what happened on this day."

Wade said everything had gone normally on the trip to Toowoomba but on the way home Amber lost control of the car causing it to roll twice.

"With Amber unconscious in the driver's seat, Olivia was able to get herself out of her seatbelt and she then proceeded to pull her two younger brothers out of the wrecked car," he said.

"Olivia was incredibly brave and a dead-set little champion to do what she did. After being in a car that rolled two times, all she was thinking about was her two little brothers and getting them to safety."

The wreckage Olivia managed to rescue her brothers from.
The wreckage Olivia managed to rescue her brothers from. Courtesy RACQ Lifeflight Rescue

While the three children were uninjured, Amber had to be airlifted to Nambour Hospital and suffered a fractured skull and fractures to her T4, T6 and T7 vertabrae.

Wade said she was expected to make a full recovery, but with her in hospital it meant James had to take unpaid leave from work and the family had lost their only car.

"Unfortunately having three kids, one at school and two still at home, Amber is full-time mum while James is the only income earner," he said.

"...with James having time off work until Amber is able to fully recover to look after the kids, and with no car in the meantime they find themselves in this unfortunate predicament."

Wade had set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise some money for the family to get through the difficult time.

To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/olivias-family-car-fund.



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